Nineteen Eastern Connecticut State University students plunged into the chilly waters of Coventry Lake on Dec. 3 at the Penguin Plunge to raise money for the Special Olympics. Students or "penguins" solicited donations from family, friends and local businesses in order to take the plunge. More than $1,100 was raised during the event.
Incentive prizes for the amount of money raised along with individual and group awards were given in several categories. People who raised between $50-300 were given a bow tie and a t-shirt. Gift cards were given to people who raised a higher amount of money. Volunteers stood by to assist jumpers with warm beverages and towel support.
The "Penguin Plunge" fundraiser was created to provide funding for the Special Olympics' athletic competition for adults and children with disabilities. The Special Olympics offers its participants opportunities to develop and demonstrate their talents through sports training and competition, and by increasing the public's awareness of their capabilities and needs.